Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. Several remedies have already been tried and I'm hoping someone can either suggest something I haven't tried or point out the missing link.
My wife and I have a purebred beagle that is 2 years old. We raised her from 8 weeks and she has had her share of health issues (two cherry-eye surgeries, one hernia surgery, and anal glands removed). Thankfully these problems were one-time fixes and are way behind us. Zoe is very fit, runs with us several times a week, and her coat shines. The one lingering health problem we are still struggling with is her constantly irritated skin and intense scratching.
Her chest and belly are intermittently covered in a rash. It will flare up, cause her to scratch herself raw, then spread into her armpits. She also has raw places along her lips where she rubs her face on the carpet. I say 'intermittent' only because it will go from bad to much worse, then back to bad again. Best way I can describe it.
We tried changing her shampoo and also her food. At this point we have fed her just about everything for some period of time to see if it could be a food allergy. We have tried Science Diet, IAMS, Pedigree, and now Purina One. The changes in food have not made any difference.
About six months ago we took her to the vet over the scratching problem. They prescribed prednizone and benedryl. For the time she was on prednizone it seemed to make a huge difference. Her rashes and raw spots cleared up and she seemed calmer. But obviously we can't keep her on those drugs so it's not a permanent solution.
More recently we have switched to an oatmeal shampoo with baths once a week. I am giving her a cod liver oil capsule once a day to help her skin. Right after her first oatmeal bath she seemed to be soothed for about 48 hours and then the itching/scratching resumed.
We are out of ideas and would really like to see this problem solved. Is it allergies? If so, to what? I don't think it's a food allergy. If it's a grass allergy then that's just awful because she's a beagle and loves to run with us in the woods.
Last thing I'll mention - we've got her on Sentinal and Frontline.
Thanks again for your help.